The RM track and field team concluded its season last night at the Maryland 4a State Championship held at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. To qualify for the meet you had to finish in the top four of your event at the Regional meet. The 4a regions range in size from 16-18 teams.
The meet started off with the preliminaries of the 55m dash and everything went well as Senior Diamond Alexander, Junior Caia Gelli and Sophomore Kami Akala all advanced to the 8 person final with times of 7,23, 7.33, and 7.46 respectively. All three girls are ranked in the top 5 all time at RM in that event and Alexander is the school record holder.
The boys 4×800 meter relay followed the 55m dash. Juniors Elias Applebaum and Noah Turner led off the race for the rockets and kept the team in contention. Senior Aidan Goldenberg-Hart broke the race open with a runner from Northwood. At the final exchange Sall was about 15m back. He eventually caught the runner from Northwood and with about 300m to go lengthened the gap. The Rockets finished with the victory and a new state meet record with a time of 7:59.00.
A few moments later Gelli was back on the track in the 300meter dash. She raced her way to a new school record in a time of 38.89, the victory and she defended her title from last year. Her time is the fastest public school time in Montgomery county history and the 2nd fastest in state meet history.
Next on the track for the Rockets were the milers. Junior Charlotte Turesson ran 5:16.64 to finish 10th and she broke the school record by almost 2 seconds. Freshman Megan Geary finished 12th overall in a time of 5:20.65 and she is now ranked 3rd on the all-time RM list.
Applebaum, running on tired legs from his earlier 4×8 race mustered up enough strength to finish 4th overall in a time of 4:26.87.
On the infield junior Leroy Neal soared over height after height without any misses. At 6’4 there were 5 jumpers left and because Neal was the only one without a miss on all of the previous heights throughout the competition he was the winner. He is the first state champion in the High Jump at RM in over 20 years.
Seydi Sall and Senior Avery Arizpe were up next on the track in the 500meter. Sall took home the title in a time of 1:05.77 and Arizpe finished 4th overall.
Next on the track were the 55m dash finals. Diamond Alexander ran 7.25 for the runner up spot and Akala finished with a time of 7.50 which was good enough for 7th.
Charlotte was up next in the 3200m. As the race went on she sat in 2nd place right on the shoulder of the leader. With a little less then 800m to go Charlotte put in a surge, picked up the pace and never looked back. She finished with a time of 10:53.98 and she is now the 5th fastest runner in Montgomery county history over 3200m.
Sophomore Lucas Corea finished 18th in the 3200m with a time of 10:18.33, just 6 seconds off of his personal best.
Goldenberg Hart came back later in the evening and ran the 800m. He finished 7th with a time of 2:01.94.